We’re excited to introduce our new poetry and flash fiction publication, N-Zine! It is named for the postcode prefix for north London, where the Meeting House is based, but the zine is intended to showcase writing from all over Hackney and Islington.
Especially during the late 20th Century, there was a lively scene of local publishers in Hackney and Islington—from Sisterwrite on Upper Street to Centerprise books on Kingsland High Street. Local publishing gave Londoners the opportunity to engage in community action, to share their ideas, and to advocate for change. We want to reactivate the spirit of these collectives by making Newington Green Meeting House a hub for community publishing today. Given its long history as a place for radical ideas, education, and community spirit, the Meeting House is the perfect place to get together and share the amazing and diverse work of local writers.
For each issue, we’ll invite you to respond to a loose theme, but the only other requirement is that your pieces be under 50 lines long so they can be included in the A5 zine. We plan to print N-Zine on a quarterly basis and distribute the zine around the local areas. We’ll also share some of the writing on our website.
We will be hosting workshops in the lead-up to each issue so that participants can share ideas and help to shape the project. This will be a great way to gather, chat, and share your work. We are looking forward to meeting you and discovering your work! Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced writer—we’d love you to get involved, even if you’ve never done creative writing before.
Callout for Issue #1!
We are currently accepting submissions for our inaugural issue, on the theme of Spaces and Places. We want to hear stories and reflections about your local places–streets, buildings, parks, and more… We all experience urban space and place differently, and each and every story deserves to be heard. If you’re not sure where to start, some ideas you could think about are…
- Your favourite walks in the local area
- Reflections and things you’ve learnt about your local area/neighbourhood
- Places of special historical or cultural significance in Hackney and Islington
- Psychogeography and place-memories
We hope to hear from you! If you’d like to submit something, please send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Poetry contributions should be kept under 50 lines in length and for flash fiction no more than 400 words. If you would like some feedback or help with your piece, please let us know and we are happy to support your works in progress. Any questions can also be directed to the submissions email address. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. The deadline for Issue #1 submissions is 15 August 2021.
The workshop for this event will be held on 29 July from 7-8.30pm. We will have a short presentation about publishing as a community followed by some creative writing activities and the chance to meet other local writers, scribblers, and thinkers. All welcome! We’re delighted to be joined by Cllr. Aydin Dikerdem who will be participating in a group discussion on his essay “A walk with my Baba through Stoke Newington”, which was published in Open House’s “The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs”.
We welcome all submissions and hope to publish as many of them as possible in print and/or online. We will not publish anything with content that is racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise discriminatory. Please be respectful: this is the central ethos of the project.
As a general rule, we don’t edit pieces submitted by writers, and have no requirements about expression or use of particular types of language. We’re very happy to give feedback if you request it, or to work together if you want support with your piece. However, as a general rule we will not edit pieces.
In some limited and very rare circumstances we would consider editing or removing pieces – such as if a submission contained language that may harm or offend a marginalised group.
We can’t wait to read your work!